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Last Updated: Sunday, 30 July 2006, 17:14 GMT 18:14 UK
Bebb win crowns a memorable week
Sion Bebb
Bebb is glad he made an extra effort to play his home event

FINAL LEADERBOARD:
-10 S Bebb (Wal)
-9 J-B Gonnet (Fra)
-7 L James (Eng), S Manley (Wal)
-6 O David (Fra), R Echenique (Arg)

Cardiff's Sion Bebb claimed his first Challenge Tour victory at the Ryder Cup Wales Challenge in Nefyn.

The victory completed a remarkable week for the 38-year-old, who dashed to the event on Thursday morning after his wife gave birth early on Tuesday.

Bebb began the final round three shots behind Jean-Baptiste Gonnet, but a closing 69 took him one clear of the Frenchman (73) at 10 under.

Welshman Stuart Manley tied with Lee James for third at seven under.

"I wish it was like this every week!" said Bebb, whose wife Rita gave birth to their second daughter Madeline in Cardiff.

I was so tired on Thursday that I went out there and didn't really think about anything to do with golf

Sion Bebb

"That must be the way to prepare for tournaments - don't play any practice rounds and have lots of babies!

"I was so tired on Thursday that I went out there and didn't really think about anything to do with golf."

Bebb shot a three under par 68 on the opening day at the 6,761-yard course, followed by 64, 73 and his closing 69.

"If the tournament hadn't been in Wales I wouldn't have played, but it's important to make an effort at home," said Bebb.

"It's been a pretty mad week and I am obviously delighted to have won.

"To do it in Wales, and here at Nefyn which is one of the most beautiful places you can imagine, is special.

"The crowd were great today as well and I got a lot of support.

"It has just been a fantastic week for me and the family, I'm delighted."

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